Before you can get licence plates and insurance for a vehicle in British Columbia, the vehicle must be registered with ICBC. Registering serves as the official record of your vehicle. It also identifies you as its owner.
How do I register a vehicle?
The steps you take and documents you need vary, depending in part on where the vehicle is currently registered.
Most vehicles must be registered, licensed and insured within 30 days of purchase. Vehicles intended for commercial use must be registered, licensed and insured immediately.
For more information about vehicle registration, please speak to your Autoplan broker.
|you buy a vehicle that’s already registered to another person or company in B.C.||go to your local Autoplan broker to complete the transfer of ownership and update the registration, then license and insure it.|
|you’re bringing a vehicle to B.C. from another province or territory||before the vehicle can be registered in B.C., in most cases you’ll need:
To register, license and insure the vehicle, bring these documents to an Autoplan broker. For more details, please refer to the Checklist for Out-of-Province Vehicle Registration
you’re bringing a vehicle to B.C. from Alberta or Saskatchewan
under the New West
The vehicle owner must be:
The vehicle must have:
Any of the following vehicle must be 3,500 kg or less:
The model year of the vehicle must be either:
Vehicles not eligible for this exemption
Please ask your Autoplan broker
|you are bringing a vehicle to B.C. from outside of Canada||you can register, license and insure it at an Autoplan broker, after you’ve imported the vehicle.|
When is vehicle registration not needed?
The B.C. Motor Vehicle Act allows for the following exemptions.
|motor vehicles and utility trailers are used for touring purposes||for up to six months.|
|motor vehicles and utility trailers (except for commercial vehicles) are used for non-touring purposes.||for 30 days.|
|you are a student or member of the armed forces||but you must obtain an exemption permit.|
Please note that the vehicle model must be no more than four years old, current year inclusive (for example, in 2019, a vehicle model released in 2019, 2018, 2017, or 2016). If it is more than four years old, it must have passed a provincial safety inspection in the previous jursidiction within the last 90 days.